Survey of Israeli expansion in Jerusalem

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Following is a brief survey of Israeli expansion and expropriation moves since 1967 in the area of Jerusalem captured from Jordan: 1. The Moghrabi, or Moroccan, Quarter of the ancient walled area of east Jerusalem. Dozens of homes were leveled here shortly after the war to widen the approach to the Wailing Wall.

2. The Jewish Quarter. Arabs owning about 80 percent of this area were expropriated. An estimated 5,500 Arab refugees, living in the quarter since the 1984 Arab-Israel war, were expelled.

3. French Hill and Ammunition Hill. Adjacent apartment development built on an east Jerusalem hill in 1969 and 1973, respectively. Nearly 1,000 acres of Arab land were taken in 1968, mostly for these two Jewish developments and the nearby apartment townlet of Ramat Eshkol.

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4. Ramat Eshkol. Near French Hill. Construction began in 1968.

5. Sanhedria Extension. Begun in 1973, this was an expansion of the existing west Jerusalem neighborhood in Sanhedria.

6. Atarot. An industrial complex built on the site of a pre-1948 Jewish enclave regained with expropriation of Arab landowners after 1967. Israel has initiated moves to seize a further 350 acres for an adjacent road.

7. East Talpiot. Jewish residential area, started 1973, mostly in former no man's land.

8. Gilo. Also begun in 1973. A total of some 3,000 acres of mostly Arab- owned land was taken under an August 1970 order for construction of Gilo, East Talpiot, and Ramot.

9. Neve Yaacov. Some 20 acres were taken here shortly after the 1967 war for reestablishment (though larger) of a Jewish enclave lost in 1948.

10. Neve Yaacov South. Although roughly 1,000 acres are to be seized, Israeli planners told the Monitor that the residential develoment would occupy only part of the Tract. The proposed used for the remainder is nuclear.

11. Ein Shemesh (or Maaleh Adumim Permanent). Under construction on a hilltop dominating the city's eastern approaches, it and the settlements inside east Jerusalem form a nearly unbroken semicircle of Israeli development.

Accordign to August 1979 Israeli figures, a total of nearly 34,000 apartment units for Jewish residents will ultimately dot east Jerusalem. About half of them are built and inhabited. The official Israeli town plan for Jerusalem sets aside three further chunks of formerly Jordanian-controlled land for development. As planners explain the document, the so-called reserve areas include:

1. A vertical strip north of the existing residential settlements of Ramat Eshkol and the Sanhedria Extension, probbaly for both Arab and Jewish housing.

2. An area surrounding Jerusalem's small airport. This parcel could be used for airportextension, commercial development, or housing.

3. A roughly square tract in the extrme southeast corner of the Israeli- expanded city area, which probably will be used for a cemetery.

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